Alex Wade was brought up in a musical family. She gained a deep appreciation of traditional music visiting folk festivals and music sessions from childhood. She fell in love with the English Concertina when was given one at the age of ten. An early start, dedication, practice and performance have given her an expertise that many much older players, can still only aspire to.
Dave Mallinson didn’t discover traditional music until the late age of twenty-two and is completely self taught. Hard work, sheer dogged determination and lengthy practice have had to be his way of life. His constant struggle to maintain his skill gives him a unique insight into the problems and difficulties facing beginners and novices.
Alex’s enormous skill and knowledge combined with Dave’s affinity with beginners make an ideal combination to present this introduction to the English concertina and traditional music.
Foreword by David Ledsam
I became aware of Alex Wade’s concertina playing when judging a Rapper Sword Dance competition in Derby. Right from the first note I knew I was listening to a very special musician and player of the English Concertina. She played with touch, great speed and what was most important, driving rhythm. I awarded her full marks, which is generally unheard of in this competition.
Since then I heard her many times playing for dance or at sessions, and I have remained as impressed as when I heard her first. She has a great musical ear and I am very pleased that Mally asked me to contribute to this excellent beginners English Concertina tutor.
Many learners of the English will be inspired by the playing of Alex, and this book will give them an invaluable start in their journey to becoming a player of this most beautiful and portable instrument, the English Co
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